Qarajouli pleased with season finale despite difficult Saturday

Haytham Qarajouli was pleased with his Brands Hatch performance despite being taken out of both Saturday races.

The Total Control Racing driver followed his best weekend in the championship at Silverstone with his best qualifying of the year when he put his Ginetta in P9 for the opening race of the weekend.

Qarajouli’s race came to an early end, however, as he ran into the gravel in tricky conditions at turn one.

Race two, he faired better and was running inside the top 10 when he was caught up in the incident of drivers ahead on the final lap.

The 15-year-old narrowly avoided a hat-trick of retirements when he saved himself in a sideways moment on the opening lap of race three.

Following close behind the Premiership Academy driver Molly Dodd, Qarajouli ran wide through the gravel at Paddock Hill Bend. He continued, the front of his Ginetta covered in mud and gravel, and managed to come home P9.

“We got done on the start, I went through the gravel and I couldn’t see until the safety car came out and I decided I could wipe the window,” he explained. “I didn’t want it to smudge.

“We slowly just picked our way throughout the race. I climbed to ninth, it was a good race.

“I got my best quali position in race one, but was taken out at turn one so that ended quickly. Race two, I got taken out on the last lap trying to get into ninth place.

“But other than that, I’m quite happy with how this weekend has gone. It’s been quite nice.”

Qarajouli ends the year 19th in the championship standings with a best result of seventh overall. Given this was his first season in any kind of racing, the teenager was pleased with the year.

“The season has been quite a steep learning curve. I didn’t do any karting, so I’ve learned quite a bit this season, trying to learn how racing is, race craft, and all that stuff.

“It’s gotten better throughout the season, it’s improved. I’ve really enjoyed my first season.”

Image Credit: Caroline Rhea

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